The Stupid Puzzler was No Laughing Matter

Mar 15, 2010

RAY: Here's a list of words. What do they have in common? Here's the list: "Deft," as in he made a deft move. "First,' he came in first. "Calmness,' he was overcome by calmness. "Canopy,' a canopy covered the boat so he wouldn't get wet. "Laughing,' it was no laughing matter. "Stupid,' needs no further explanation. "Crab cake," as in, "My brother made me crab cakes for dinner, and I ate a bottle of antacid when I got home." And "hijack,' I was hoping that our producer's flight would be hijacked to Bora Bora.

The question is, what do these words have in common?


RAY: Here's the answer. What all of these words (deft, first, calmness, canopy, laughing, stupid, crab cake, hijack) have in common is they all contain three consecutive letters of the alphabet.

TOM: Oh.

RAY: N-O-P in canopy. G-H-I in laughing. S-T-U in stupid. A-B-C in crab cake. Do we have a winner?

TOM: Yes we do. It's John Leete, from Arlington, Virginia. And for having his answer selected at random from all the correct answers that we got, John is gonna get a $25 gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at And with that $25 gift certificate John can get a Best of Car Talk cassette or a CD or some other Car Talk junk.

RAY: Congratulations, John!

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